Yorkshire Dales and Malham Dale

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The Dales are famous for its wonderful scenery.  Deep valleys, known as dales, with roads meandering between drystone walls and a patchwork of hay meadows and field barns.  Up above is heather moorland and distinctive hills, such as the much loved Three Peaks. There is the Settle to Carlisle railway which cuts through the National Park using tunnels and viaducts, including the iconic Ribblehead.

Welcome to the Yorkshire Dales, an outstanding place to explore for many years - from the Victorians at the end of the 19th century through to the Tour de France in 2014.

Malham is a small village, in the Pennines, at the southern base of the Yorkshire Dales. It's a pretty place, surrounded by limestone dry-stone walls, & with a stream running right through the middle of the village.

Malham Cove is a huge curving shaped cliff formation of limestone rock. The vertical face of the cliff is about 260 feet high. The top of the cove is a large area of deeply eroded limestone pavement, of a strange pattern rarely seen in England. The majesty of Malham Cove looks out over the Village of Malham and has been attracting visitors for centuries. For climbers, it is a grand amphitheatre with great mid-grade routes to the hardest sport climbs in the country. Malham is popular all year round with climbers and walkers alike. The Cove is a SSSI, so special care should be taken when visiting.

More recently Malham Cove has also starred in the Harry Potter film franchise, during The Deathly Hallows Part One. There's certainly something magic about this place.

Nearby, Gordale Scar is a spectacular gorge, complete with waterfalls, cut right into the limestone hillside. The gorge was produced by water from melting glaciers sometime over the last three million years. Gordale Scar is one of the highlights of a visit to Malham.



Accommodation and food

We stay at the  High Trenhouse which lies  close to Malham Tarn and 2 miles from Malham village High Trenhouse is a superb management centre used by companies for team building sessions - and is ideal for our walking holiday breaks. W e have the full use of the facility on a sole basis.

High Trenhouse has 18 bedrooms located either in the main building or in the tastefully converted coach house.All have en suite facilities.

See https://www.high-trenhouse.co.uk/

The hotel facilities include a spacious lounge and bar,a sun terrace to soak up the views, a lovely conservatory, a sauna, a drying room and free wi fi throughout.

It really is a very tranquil retreat. Its lovely grounds are a joy- and it is adjacent to Malham moor - a beautiful natural landscape.

Dinner is a feature of our holiday with a three-course evening meal with a changing daily menu complementing our walking and is part of our social atmosphere.

Lunch is either a hearty packed lunch or we aim to call at local pubs where appropriate to the selected walk.

It is not possible to reserve any extra nights accommodation at High Trenhouse, due their conference business. There are many accommodation venues available in Malhamdale- please reserve these yourself

Your holiday walking programme


This May holiday 2020, starts on Monday afternoon , when we have a half day walk in Airedale. 

Then we complete full day walks on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, ending the week with a half day walk on Friday August 9 before you depart for home. Staying at the hotel on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

On our August Bank Holiday programme 2020, we start at 2.30pm on Friday 28 August and finish at lunch time Tuesday September 1 after a half day walk on Tuesday morning.

Walking both from the hotel or taking transport, our options are endless and we will match our walks to the weather and to the needs of the group.  We generally choose walks from the list below

Aboad description of the walks we will guide as follows,

The walking program for our Yorkshire Dales and Malham Dale holiday includes a half-day walk on the first and last day, with full day walk on the other three days. We maintain and steady pace without rushing, and you can expect to cover 5-6 miles on a half-day walk, and 10-11 miles on a full day.  Lunch will be a combination of either a packed lunch or the occasional pub, when the opportunity arises.  Highlights of the walks include all the iconic locations this amazingly beautiful part of the country has to offer, such as Malham Cove, Gordale Scar, Janet’s Foss and the incredible limestone pavements.  Some of the village you will visit are, Malham, Arncliffe and Kettlewell.  You will also be walking in some of the best Dales that Yorkshire has to offer, like, Malhamdale, Littondale and Wharfedale. Each walk will show a different side to the Dales area, from the beautiful valleys to the wide-open moorland where the Curlew can be heard calling.  History will be all around you, with ancient settlements and remarkable caves in the limestone cliffs that revealed evidence of our early ancestors who roamed these Dales nearly 400,000 years ago.




Holiday Highlights

Fabulous Yorkshire Dales  scenery-  Malhamdale and surrounding hills and dales

- Simply superb vista's every day.

- Some of the best walking in this country

- Lovely country house hotel and fabulous food.

- No single supplement 

- Our relaxed social approach

- Meet new friends that turn into old friends

Whats Included on your holiday

What you get on a Secret Hills break

  • Hotel bed and breakfast– en suite
  • Sole occupancy- no single supplement
  • Three course dinner
  • Lunch
  • Personal service
  • Expert guiding
  • Transport to walks start if necessary
  • Flexibility
  • A social, relaxed approach
  • No single supplement
  • Joining details prior to the holiday
  • Administration support from reservation to the date of your holiday

Great reasons to join us

Great reasons to join us

There are other walking holiday companies that cover the Yorkshire Dales but we believe we offer the best value for many reasons….

  • We are a small friendly company
  • We have a loyal customer base who return again and again (so we must be doing something right) – read our testimonials page on the website
  • We offer a lot of flexibility – you can stay extra nights which we are happy to organise for you. We are also very flexible on the walks we provide, adapting to suit walkers and weather conditions
  • Our walk leading is second to none. Unlike some other large Walking Companies, we use LOCAL leaders who live in the area and who love their surroundings. They have expert knowledge of everything you need to know to make an area come alive.
  • You are safe in our hands – our guides are experts, fully qualified in first aid. Also, because of their local knowledge of the hills, they can respond to any situation that might for example demand cutting short a route. They don’t need to consult maps – they know the hills intimately.
  • Our leaders are all easy-going, genuinely sociable people who want to ensure that you have the best time you can with the rest of the group. They make the weekend fun by engaging with all members of a group, and ensuring that everyone feels part of the group experience.
  • We give great value for money. Because we recognise that lots of walkers holiday on their own, we have negotiated no single supplement deals with all our hotels to ensure the best possible deal.
  • We always use good hotels. Our hotel in beautiful Malhamdale  is set in lovely surroundings  and the standard is really good.
  • We have smaller groups than some of the larger walking companies, because we believe the social experience is much better in a smaller group. People can talk to everyone, especially at dinner where you can all sit on one table in a small group. Our numbers vary from holiday to holiday but an average group size would be 8-12.

Customer Reviews

Lorraine Bassett  - Yorkshire Dales August 2019.
Another lovely walking holiday with Secret Hills. As ever it was very well organised. It was a lovely group of people and we all got on well together both whilst walking and in the evening. Keith and Catherine were very good hosts and the food at the hotel was excellent.
Judith Mulcahy - Yorkshire Dales  August 2019. 
A very enjoyable week & am always grateful to Alan et al who are kind enough to collect me from various stations...a nice Secret Hills personal touch.
Andrea Herd -  Yorkshire Dales  August 2019.
Dear Alan, A super introduction to UK guided walking - thank you so much and I will be booking through you again. The rest of the group were lovely and I had a very relaxed time. I personally enjoyed chatting to the other guests, finding out about their holidays and joining in the quizzes in the evening. You are doing a wonderful job, please continue.

The Yorkshire Dales area

The Yorkshire Dales has many moods; it can be wild and windswept or quietly tranquil.

It includes some of the finest limestone scenery in the UK, from crags and pavements to an underground labyrinth of caves. Each valley or 'dale' has its own distinct character, set against expansive heather moorland tops.

Stone-built villages sit amongst traditional farming landscapes of field barns, drystone walls and flower-rich hay meadows, and show how the area has been shaped over thousands of years by the people who have lived and worked here.

Spectacular waterfalls and ancient broadleaved woodland contrast with the scattered remains of former mine workings and other rural industries which remind us of the area's rich industrial heritage.

Together, nature and people have created a special landscape of immense beauty and character.

How to get to Malhamdale

By Road


 High Trenhouse is 2 miles north of Malham village. Take the Settle road and at the top of the long hill as you approach Malham Tarn - turn right - signed High Trenhouse, The facility is 200yards on your left.

From Midlands/South West and Wales/Merseyside and Greater Manchester.

Malham is about 21 miles from the end of the M65, which terminates in Colne. The M65 is connected to the M6 AND M66. Please note that all the roads between Gargrave and Malham are narrow country lanes, many of which have passing places for traffic coming the other way. 

From South and East Midlands/West Yorkshire/South Yorkshire/East Anglia/South Coast/Home counties and London

Take M1 headed for Leeds, then A65 Skipton, then minor raods to Malham from Skipton

By Rail

The nearest train station is Gargrave, which is about 7 miles away, although there are more frequent services to Skipton, around 11 miles away, services from Leeds & Bradford. Or Settle station on the fantastically scenic Leeds - Settle - Carlisle line is also nearby. Follow the National Rail Enquiries link for more information and timetables.

Taxis are plentiful from Skipton station.

By Bus

Local buses run to Malham from Skipton via Gargrave. on Mondays to Fridays all year on route 211.
On Mondays to Fridays all year bus 211 run to Malham from Skipton via Gargrave.



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What Others Said...

  Hello Alan, Despite (or because of) being the only man in the party, I enjoyed Gozo a lot. No complaints at all: it was very well put together, travel arrangements ran smoothly, hotel and food were good, walks were interesting and the guides were excellent. To top it all the weather was pretty much perfect for the week. You may well find me doing another holiday with you. Barrie Jones 

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